How to Adopt a Pet from P.A.W.S.

We currently have many cats in need of a new home. We are open to the public 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Sunday and invite you to visit our community cat rooms to find the perfect match for you and your family! Or go to our pet search page to find an available pet online. We have wonderful dogs as well, so please check out our list of available animals if you are searching for that perfect dog!

Be sure to read the entire adoption process below and complete the necessary forms.

Cat Adoptions

Cat adoptions are straightforward and processed as quickly as possible, and in most cases while you wait. Cats can be adopted the same day the application is approved and all medical records will be given to you at that time. We encourage you spend some time visiting with multiple cats and chatting with our helpful staff and volunteers. Our priority is finding a great match for your household.

Wilkalas-Balch Senior to Senior Program

Thanks to the generous support of Shirley Balch and the Wilkalas Trust the adoption fee is reduced for anyone over 65 years old when adopting a dog 10 years and older and a cat 14 years and older.

Dog Adoptions

Adopting a dog can take several days to complete. We often take multiple applications on dogs, and when that happens we work very closely with the families and their veterinarians to determine which home will be the best fit for the dog. Our knowledgeable staff is always ready to help you decide which of our animals will be a perfect fit for your family.

If you rent your home we will contact your landlord to confirm that dogs are allowable. If you have any other animals currently living in your home we will also contact your veterinarian to ensure they are all up to date on their vaccinations. You will be asked for two personal references who we will call just to establish pet owner history.

Dogs have a three (3) day fostering period to make sure the animal fits into the family and your lifestyle. The dog can be returned anytime within the three (3) days if it isn't going to work for you. At the end of the three (3) day period you will return to the shelter to complete the adoption paperwork and get copies of your new pet's medical records.

We encourage all family members to stop by and meet the new pet before they go home, and if you have another dog or two at home you are welcome to bring them to the shelter to meet the potential new addition as well.

Adoption Fees

  • Kittens (8 weeks to 6 months)—$100.00
  • Adolescent Cats (6 months to 12 months)—$75.00
  • Adult Cats (1 to 6 years)—$60.00
  • Barn Cats - $15.00
  • Senior Cats (7 years and older)—$40.00
  • Puppies (8 weeks to 6 months)—$250.00
  • Young Adult Dogs (7 months to 4 years )—$175.00
  • Mature Adult Dogs (5 to 8 years)—$150.00
  • Senior Dogs (9 years and older)—$100.00
  • Additional Transfer Fee (for dogs who have been transferred in from kill-shelters/rescues from out-of-state) - varies ($65.00-$100.00) 

Military Discount: We offer a 25% discount of adoption fees to all military veterans who adopt from P.A.W.S.